SUM celebrates 25 Years

SUM was established in 1990 so we are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year. Please save the date - 17th September - for exciting lectures and a social gathering


SUM was established by the University of Oslo  in 1990 as a direct consequence of the 1987 report by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), popularly known as the Brundtland Commission. The WCED launched the concept of "sustainable development", intended to bridge the gap between development and the environment by combining environmental, economic and social concerns. Sustainable development has been the subject of a substantial body of academic research in recent decades, inspiring the establishment of new research centres and policy platforms at international, regional and local levels.

SUM has been an active contributor to both academic and policy debates on development and the environment, contributing cutting edge, interdisciplinary research on topics such as globalization, consumption, poverty, food production, health and climate change. Of the five university centres for development and the environment established in Norway in 1990, only SUM has managed to survive and thrive for a quarter of a century. We not only wish to celebrate SUM’s accomplishments, but also take stock of current and past approaches on sustainable development and debate their continued relevance for understanding and ameliorating the state of the world in 2015.


We began celebrations with a lecture by James Scott in the beginning of May, and there are other exciting events to come. Please reserve the date 17th September when we are organizing a panel on "Sustainable Development in the Era of Green Economy" with Gro Harlem Brundtland and others. Venue: Gamle Festsalen (Old Festive Hall), University of Oslo. Please see internet website and Facebook event.



Published June 15, 2015 1:09 PM - Last modified Feb. 2, 2018 9:28 AM